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SAPI 20 year Celebrations: Planning Africa 2016

 Dear Member,

 To kick off the 20th year commemoration SAPI is pleased to offer a special rate of R3000 for Planning Africa 2016 conference registration fee to 20 members in good standing.

 This offer is on a first come first serve basis to members that email: first name, surname, membership number and region to

 This special 20th Anniversary offer provides full access to conference. Travel and accommodation for conference would the responsibility of the member.



In keeping with SAPI being a member driven organisation, the 20 year commemoration of SAPI, is reaching out to all members. You can make a difference through collective action – be part of the national voluntary organisation for planners in South Africa committed to promoting growth in the planning discipline, fair and ethical practice and spatial transformation for great places.


Where would you like to see SAPI in the next 20 years and what would you like to see on spatial and development planning in South Africa?


All members of SAPI are urged to provide their views. Please let us know before 20 June 2016 how you would like to see SAPI making a difference in the planning sector. Email your views to


Large homes weak link in property chain?

Has the "large" home had its day? Not entirely, but price trends reflect an outdated composition of property stock, with a relative undersupply of small to medium sized homes.
The relative house price inflation performances reflect an outdated composition of residential property stock, with relatively too many large homes and too few small to medium homes.

Ballito mall extension will 'decrease neighbourhood property values'

Judgment has been reserved in the case of Ballito Lifestyle Centre owner Bruce Rencken, who is attempting to stop the redevelopment of the new R1.4 billion Ballito Junction.
Judge Jacqueline Henriques, after listening to lengthy technical arguments from all parties concerned related to town planning schemes, the national building regulations act, the provincial road traffic act and the constitution, reserved judgment in the case, saying she needed time to apply her mind.
"I will endeavour to deliver judgment in this matter within two weeks," the Judge said.

Habitat III: Invitation to e-discussion at Urban Dialogues

Dear GLTN Partners,

Habitat III: Invitation to e-discussion at Urban Dialogues

We would like to inform you that the Habitat III Urban Dialogues started yesterday (6 July 2015) on its new website at The Urban Dialogues hosts a series of e-discussions over the course of the preparatory process of Habitat III with the aim of having all voices heard and bringing together emerging thinking in the elaboration of the New Urban Agenda.

Tribute to Maria Coetzee

The loss of Maria Coetzee, leaves her family, friends and colleagues in mourning.  She was the Research Group Leader for Urban and Regional Planning in the Spatial Planning and Systems competence area of CSIR Built Environment.  Maria went peacefully on Sunday 2 November 2014.  She passed away from an aggressive brain tumour that was identified some three months ago. 
Maria made huge steps and left deep footprints in the construction of the post-1994 South African Planning world/framework through her work on the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) in the municipal sphere.  She took it further, in bringing national and provincial planning into the fold of integrated development planning, and tied the concept to environmental planning, sustainability and resilience. She was the prime author of the first handbook on IDP in South Africa and subsequent Guide Packs for use throughout the country and played a huge part in laying the groundwork for the National Development Plan. 
On a personal level, many will agree that she touched the lives of the people she worked with and opened doors of opportunities for others, wherever she could.  She was unapologetically, passionate about the planning profession and believed that planners can make difference in South Africa.
To quote Prof Mark Oranje: “Maria may have left us in one form, but that fire, her fire, her passion, her care, her anger at stupidity, dishonesty, dullness and shallowness, her dreams of an ever-better tomorrow and her willingness to lead the way, will never leave us, and never will and shall she be forgotten by this profession. May all of us, especially those of us in the Planning fraternity take courage, passion, hope, belief, care and compassion from Maria’s life, her hard work, her dedication and her guidance. Maria, the South African Planning fraternity has been and ever will be enriched, energised and emboldened by you.”
On behalf of the SAPI Board and members, colleagues and friends, wish her family peace and comfort.


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  • Receive a discount equivalent to your annual SAPI membership fees for the premier planning event in the South African calendar (Planning Africa conferences);

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The purpose and aim of the South African Planning Institute (SAPI) is to enhance the art and science of sustainable local, regional and national human and physical development planning, and the theory and practise relating thereto:


  • to promote the profession of planning in South Africa;
  • to promote a high level of professionalism and ethical conduct in the broad interests


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